There’s nothing that so immediately fuses traditions as the bánh mì does. A product of Vietnam’s history as part of French Indochina in the 1800s, the bánh mì is a French baguette with fillings like meatballs, pâté, and pickled vegetables.
Sometimes, we just want the post-lunch food coma to be brought about by a good, crispy sandwich. For those situations, here are 10 bánh mì places to turn crunch time into munch time.
Cô Hai Bánh Mì along Beach Road serves a range of Vietnamese street food, but it’s probably best known for bánh mì (and rightly so).
Try the Co Hai Baguette (S$10) for a hearty medley of flavours. With ham, Chinese sausage, roasted BBQ pork, pork floss, and pâté stacked inside, you’re in for a myriad of textures with this sandwich.
To balance it all, the pickled vegetables, chilli and coriander will liven up the meaty mix for a balanced sensory experience.
There’s also a Mix Vegetables Baguette (S$8), which has avocado if you’re looking for a less meaty option that day.
2. Joo Chiat Càphê
Breaking barriers of all kinds, Joo Chiat Càphê is a Muslim-friendly eatery selling bánh mì. The newly-opened stall also features a range of other easy-to-eat dishes.
Located along a row of colourful shophouses in Joo Chiat, it’s hard not to imagine you’re in Vietnam especially with their decor, and mini stools.
If you’re not sure about what to get, try the traditional Classic Chicken Cold Cut With Homemade Chicken Pate (S$5.80).
Feel like trying something new? Have a go at their best-seller, the Honey-glazed Grilled Chicken Thigh With Homemade Chicken Pate (S$6.50). Sweet and loaded with an abundance of coriander, this is one refreshing sandwich you wouldn’t want to miss. Spoilt for choice? Why not get the Earthquake (S$8.50) which is essentially all five sandwich options in one order.
You can also enjoy your sandwiches with a glass of Drip Vietnamese Coffee (S$4.50 for hot, S$4.80 for cold) to get the full Vietnamese experience.
3. Little Hanoi
Located at the basement food court of Shaw House, Little Hanoi serves Northern Vietnamese classics like bún cha and bánh mì.
As baguettes go, the Viet Style Pork Belly Sandwich (S$5.90) is a steady option. The chilli mayonnaise sauce in this sandwich is the ingredient that gives this sandwich its cohesion.
The Viet Style Pate Chicken Sandwich (S$5.90) is also a delicious option.
350 Orchard Road, ShawCentre, #B1-05, Singapore 238868
Tel: +65 9021 4286
Daily: 10am – 9pm
4. Bánh Mì Thit
For the bánh mì beginners, Bánh Mì Thit can offer you an introductory course to the famous sandwich. If you like freshly baked bread, this is the place for you.
Though the proportion of meat can tend to be uneven compared to the volume of bread in their sandwiches, they do prepare the meat well.
The beef in the Beef Banh Mi (S$3.80) is tender and well-seasoned, with just the right degree of pink in the strips. Since you can customise your level of spice here, the beef does go well with a higher spice level if you can tolerate it.
One of their tastiest offerings is the Pork Banh Mi (S$3.80), with pork pâté, fatty pork slices, and ham.
543 Geylang Road, Singapore 389498
+65 6909 8340
Tue to Sun: 10am – 10pm
Closed on Mon
5. Co Chung
Opened by a thirst to recreate home, Co Chung Restaurant is a Vietnamese family-run business dedicated to bringing their recipes of home to Singapore.
Apart from their delicious noodle soups and spring rolls, Co Chung’s Traditional Vietnamese Sandwich (S$9.96) is a worthy contender for your appetite. With layers of pork pâté and fresh vegetables, you’ll be in for a satisfying treat.
There’s also the Shredded Chicken Sandwich (S$9.96) and Fried Eggs Sandwich (S$9.96) if you’d like variations in your proteins.
No time for the ‘gram— eat this the moment it comes to you to enjoy the loaf in all its warm, crispy splendour.
6. Sandwich Saigon
This one’s a little further to get to, but to some, Sandwich Saigon will be another perk of living in the East.
Try their Saigon Special (S$8) for tender pork belly and ham layered within a crispy and soft baguette.
Other than that, the Pork Meatball Sandwich (S$8) is also a popular choice among patrons for the fluffy bread, pickled vegetables and mashed meatballs. You can also add Pate (S$1) for that additional bit of indulgence.
Sandwich Saigon sits on a charming stretch along East Coast Road. Perhaps it’s the shophouses that echo a recent past, but dining at the eateries here always feels like a quick retreat from the present.
7. Moc Quan
For those who don’t have the time (or patience) to travel east for bánh mì, Moc Quan will be your more central option. Make this outlet at UE Square Shopping Mall your next stop for rich and flavourful Banh Mi Thit (S$7.90).
There’s also an egg and vegetables-filled Banh Mi Op La (S$6.90) for those who prefer a vegetarian option.
Moc Quan was also a sister outlet to the now defunct Moc Cottage at Tanjong Pagar.
8. Little Saigon
For a playful and casual dining experience, go to Little Saigon. On top of their drinks and sultry atmosphere, you’ll be able to find a delicious bánh mì selection while you’re there.
The Banh Mi Ga (S$14) is a baguette with marinated grilled chicken, chicken pâté, chicken ham, pickled vegetables and hollandaise sauce. Fresh herbs liven up the dish.
Alternatively, try the Banh Mi Ca Chien (S$16), which is a pan-fried red snapper sandwich complemented by chicken pâté, chicken ham and pickled vegetables.
9. Bami Express
Opened in 2015, Bami Express is a husband and wife team dedicated to bringing simple and hearty bánh mì to their customers. As a household favourite, they believe that they can share their passion for food through their business selling bánh mì.
A hot favourite, their Bami Sai Gon (S$5) is one of the first things you should try here. Featuring a selection of classic fillings like pâté, pork ham, and chicken floss, you can’t go wrong with its crispy house-made baguette.
Another popular option here is the Bami Fried Eggs (S$4) for its sweet chicken floss combination.
10. 233 Banh Mi
Tucked away in the quaint neighbourhood of Joo Chiat, 233 Banh Mi is a modest shop nestled in a row of Peranakan shophouses. It’s helmed by Miss Lily Nguyen, a humble personality who wakes up tirelessly at 5am everyday to prepare for a steady stream of breakfast orders.
Try the Vietnamese BBQ Beef Bread (S$5.50) for a creamy, savoury, and chewy experience; a once-in-a-lifetime experience if you will.
You can also check out other flavours like the Vietnamese Pâté Chicken Bread (S$5.50) or go for the safer option, the Traditional Vietnamese Bread (S$5.50).
There we have it—10 places to induce the midday bánh mì food coma in you. No regrets; it’s munch time.
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